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Current shoe rotation

  • Saucony Guide 7 - old pair, for easy runs
  • Saucony Guide 7 - new pair, for long runs
  • Saucony Mirage 3 - for speedwork

Most days I wear the Saucony Guide 7 -- I use a newer pair for long runs and keep an older pair (300+ miles) for easy days. The long-run shoes acquire miles at about the same rate as the easy-run pair (since I run more miles on the long run pair, but only once a week) so around the time I'm ready to retire the easy-run pair, I can bump the long-run pair to the easy-run job, and get a new pair for long runs.

Archived shoes

  • Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10, 11, & 12 - This was the first shoe I ran and they're great. I felt almost bad breaking up with them. There are just a lot of shoes in the sea, you know?
  • Brooks Ravenna 4: I didn't love these after I got them and put them aside for some time, but I wound up putting about 500 miles on them. It was around this time that I discovered Saucony and wanted to try something new.

Shorts

I am in the middle of looking for a good pair of shorts. Here's what I've tried so far:

  • Lululemon Speed Shorts: They are great. I just try my best not to support Lululemon.
  • Lole Run-Up shorts: Great fit, wide leg openings, but super short, and only one lousy (non-zippered) pocket
  • Nike Rival 2" Shorts: Weird fit, tend to bunch up or chafe. Nice pockets though.
  • Adidas Supernova Glide: Just one teeny-tiny worthless pocket. Otherwise, great.

Jacket

  • Patagonia Houdini jacket. 
  • C9 softshell jacket from Target (with hood): A great find until it was shredded in my bike crash. This is the jacket that kept me running through all my New York winters, and my Chicago winter.
  • Mountain Hardware Principia softshell (with hood), which replaced my C9 softshell. This has a much wider hood than the C9 jacket, big enough to fit under a bike helmet.  It's a little much for North Carolina winter running, but sometimes I just want to be super warm. 

Watch

I live & die by my Garmin 310XT. It's still trucking along and I think it has the best cost-to-value ratio of any Garmin watch (and it's significantly smaller than the old 205/305).

Books 

I don't read many running books, preferring to get my training info from the internet. Here are the three I read:

  • Born to Run: 1/5 stars
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: 5/5 stars
  • Advanced Marathoning: This wound up not being the program for me, but it's a great book and I learned a lot.
  • FIRST